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Dear Antonio: I Want to Add Warmth to My Hair, But I Don't Want to be Too Red

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Dear Antonio: I Want to Add Warmth to My Hair, But I Don't Want to be Too Red

Actress Alicia Witt has red hair, but are you really ready to go this red?

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Question: Dear Antonio: I Want to Add Warmth to My Hair, But I Don't Want to be Too Red

 

It seems like hair color is at the tip of every woman's tongue. Because I get tons of hair color questions from my clients in the salon and visitors to my blog, I decided to post a few of the frequently asked questions concerning hair color along with my answers.

Question: Can I add a little warmth to my color without making it look too red?

Answer:
Absolutely! First, ask your stylist to show you a color swatch so you both can be clear on what you think red is. I am often surprised when I do this because the client is always attracted to the reddest browns or Bozo red (though she says she does not want red).

Choosing the right color to apply really depends on the amount of warmth that is in the hair already. Say you walk in with brassy, faded hair. Your stylist will mix a couple of colors to make sure there is a fair balance of warm and neutral colors in the hair, rather than simply applying only the color you pointed at in the color book. This will only create more warmth.

Extra tip: If you have grey roots and faded ends from the previous color, I recommend getting permanent color on the roots and semi-permanent color on the ends.

Antonio Gonzales is a stylist at the Orl'o Salon in New York City. Get more hairstyling tips at Antonio's Website.

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